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I suppose there's this too. Plug a the officially recommended TP-LINK TL-WN823N 300Mbps Wireless Mini USB Adapter into it and you're done.-40hz (December 04, 2014, 08:16 PM)
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Huh? $100 for a device that does what exactly?

It doesn't provide the storage. That comes separately (or as optional add-on for another $250 for 2TB (but hey, free shipping!)).
It doesn't provide the wireless data sharing. That comes separately.

So... it enables you to sync the data across your devices?

I tell you what, send me $30 and I'll tell you to just use the excellent and free BTSync to sync data across all your devices. You save $70 (which you can use to buy a TP-Link or Raspberry Pi or more storage) and we're all happy. :)

(My incredulity isn't directed at you, 40hz, but at the folks selling that thing at such a steal.)

Huh? $100 for a device that does what exactly?

-Deozaan (December 05, 2014, 01:35 PM)
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@Deo - No offense taken. We're all friends here. :Thmbsup:

I'm not quite sure what you're looking at. :huh:

I was pointing to the 2TB NAS device at $349 which can be enabled for wifi by plugging in a $17 USB N-adapter which they've tested and certified to work with it. It has the software built-in. And works with smartphones out of the box.

It can also be made to directly transfer files or sync with any other Transporter drive anywhere in the world.

More about it hereThe 2TB Transporter Private Cloud from Connected Data is a network attached storage drive designed to directly communicate with other Transporter drives regardless of location. You no longer need to send files via email or through a cloud based service - instead you can simply sync and transfer data to friends and family through the Transporter drives.

While there is a need for more than one Transporter Drive to take advantage of the specific file sharing capabilities, you can still utilize this drive as a NAS (network attached storage) drive. As a result, you can safely store your data within this drive and access that data from nearly any computer or mobile device as long as that device has Internet access and meets any criteria setup by the device administrator.

Each Transporter Drive supports a single 2.5" SATA II or SATA III hard drive with a thickness of 7 mm, 9.5 mm, 12.5 mm, or 15 mm and a capacity of at least 160GB. Connecting your Transporter Drive to the Internet is simple via the integrated Gigabit Ethernet port.

Once connected, you can manage your device through the connected data management website with browser support for Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Accessing files within the drive can be accomplished through a connected data Mac, Windows, or Apple iOS application, and optional local access via CIFS / SMB connection.

There's certainly nothing there you couldn't put together for yourself. But for a "plug it in and go" network storage solution, it's competitively priced.

Hope that clarifies. :)

I watched the video which just showed the base. It said you plug in your own storage. And the product page says you need to use your own wifi router.

The base unit costs $100 and doesn't include any storage, and as previously established, doesn't provide any wireless data transfer.

Since the 2TB device you linked is $350, that means they're charging $250 for a 2TB drive (and HDD "toaster" stand, I guess, enclosed in a sleek plastic shell).

So really the thing is just a doohickey that handles syncing files across your network. You still have to provide your own storage (or pay out the nose for their storage options) and you still have to provide your own wifi adapter. You can already achieve that same functionality with just about every device that you already use or carry around with you using BTSync.

And my guess is that it's not just "plug it in and go." You probably need to set up which files/folders to sync, and where to sync them, and install their special software/apps on all your devices.

BTSync has a simple set up process, you do have to set up your folders, and install the software/apps on your devices, and it will also sync across the internet using bittorrent technology (so transfers don't have to happen all at once or fail if interrupted). And I don't have to pay $100-$350 for it. :)

I guess I just don't see why anyone would use that thing except if they didn't know something like BTSync exists. I can't think of a single feature it has that is an improvement over BTSync, but I can think of at least a few areas where it is not as good as BTSync.

It can also be made to directly transfer files or sync with any other Transporter drive anywhere in the world.
-40hz (December 05, 2014, 02:39 PM)
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That certainly is the key feature for me.  I just bought this one, I should have it by tomorrow:
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I got it specifically because someone has a blog who is a nutz as I am about this sort of thing, and he praised this company in particular for having the ability of Samba built in (something like that) which allows a windows machine to access it directly, without any stupid software or apps.
Access Layer 3: Samba

Look, this is all fine and well.  You aren’t hampered by some goofy app that won’t stream MKVs or WMA files; the native app works fantastic with whatever you’re rocking for media playback.  But what about REAL file access?  Like REAL file sharing?  Samba technology allows you to access network shares with your mobile device.  MOST wireless drives do NOT support Samba – which is why you’re trapped in their crappy app.
Samba allows you to use any Samba-compatible application to access the files as if the folder was on your device.  For power users like me?  This is REQUIRED.
Thanks to Samba, you can use almost any file manager on Android.  Most good music and video players support Samba streaming.  This means the sky is the limit.
If you have a compatible device, you can use CIFS to mount the WiDrive to the local file system – making it just as good as OTG.
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That certainly is the key feature for me.  I just bought this one, I should have it by tomorrow: (December 05, 2014, 03:55 PM)
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Woohoo!!!  I won!!!

Wish I could afford to get one here but they want close to double the price ... I really, really hate the OzTax  :-\

Re. BTSync, having used it across both LAN and Internet I'd say it's fine if you only want to sync up to a couple of thousand files total.  I uninstalled it after using it for 12+ months because for 30,000+ files it was more annoying than it was worth.


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